With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it's time to start planning your dream menu for barbecues, cookouts, or whatever classier fare you may have planned for the summer's most important weekend. And while the requisite summer salads and juicy meats will no doubt be on deck, dessert is your chance to really get creative and impress your guests. Sure, there's nothing wrong with classic standards like ice cream and good old-fashioned American apple pie, but Fourth of July calls for some festive creativity. Lucky for you, Elle assembled a magical list of red, white, and blue desserts that will leave you feeling patriotic well into the fall.
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